In 2010, singer Peter Dreimanis approached Leah Fay after hearing her sing with art/folk group Mothers of Brides at Toronto bar The Communist's Daughter. Dreimanis had just returned to the city following a European tour with The Mohawk Lodge and Eamon McGrath. The pair would form July Talk with Josh Warburton (bass), Danny Miles (drums) and Eamon McGrath (guitars). Eight months later, McGrath left the band to focus on his own material and was replaced by Ian Docherty.
Their self-titled debut was released on October 16th, 2012, by 'Sleepless Records' with an extended version released a year later in collaboration with 'Universal Music Canada'. The extended version included four additional songs: Summer Dress, My Neck, Black Lace and Headsick. In early 2015, the band recorded three additional songs for an American release with 'Island Records': Gentleman, Blood + Honey and Uninvited. These three songs were also released on the Canada only EP, For Your Bloodshot Eyes.
July Talk was nominated for Breakthrough Group of the Year at the 2014 Juno Awards in Canada. During the live broadcast they presented the award for Group of the Year to Canadian Artists Tegan and Sara, alongside Canadian Rap Artist Shad. In 2015, the band won a Juno for Alternative Album of the Year for their debut album.
Also in 2015, Dreimanis and Fay created July Talk Votes to encourage young voters to participate in the Canadian federal election. More than 1000 voters under 25 tweeted a photo of themselves at a polling station and received a phone call from the band thanking them for their involvement.
Leah Fay had the lead role in the 2015 film Diamond Tongues, under the name Leah Goldstein and received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Actress at the 4th Canadian Screen Awards in 2016.
Dreimanis is also known for his cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's classic, Bad Moon Rising which was used in multiple television shows, films and video games such as The Walking Dead and Green Room. The cover was released under the name "Mourning Ritual".
Their next album, Touch, came in 2016.